Thursday, March 15, 2012

Race Report: Mardi Gras Half Marathon

The first weekend in March, I headed with running pal Liz to New Orleans to run in the Mardi Gras Half Marathon.

We stayed with two other gals in the city so it quickly became a fun girls' weekend.  On Saturday, once we arrived in town we hit up a drive-thru daiquiri shop.  (So fun!)  Then we headed to the expo.  It was your pretty typical expo... we kind of just breezed in and out.  We ended up grabbing some groceries to cook dinner and have a quiet, early night in.

On Sunday, we headed downtown for the race.  I was excited to see Erin again for the first time since she moved from Nashville to Baton Rouge, and I also got to meet up with Melissa who was also in from Nashville to run the half.  She and I were able to run the first couple of miles together.

So here's the thing... I didn't really train for this race.  Like, at all.  I had high hopes at one time of being in really good shape, but I just haven't had my running mojo this year.  I suppose being able to just go out and run a half means I'm in decent shape, but it certainly wasn't a "race" for me.  I took it slow and just enjoyed the scenery.  Running down St. Charles and later through the French Market was really pretty.

I finished around 2:30 (like I said, I was running slow and for fun), and then I hung out with Erin and Melissa for a while until it was time to go start watching for Liz and Jess to finish the full.

We spent the afternoon in a beer garden enjoying some food and drinks before heading home for another quiet evening.  We were all exhausted and sunburned.

On Monday, we had breakfast and then spent the day on Bourbon Street.

It didn't take me long to find this awesome feather boa that I HAD to have.  I wore it around for the entire day.

We ended up in the Cat's Meow and spent a few hours doing karaoke.  I had never really been one for karaoke, but we had a total blast.

We headed back home on Tuesday.  It had been a fun weekend, but it's always good to come back home to Nashville.

What's next in terms of a race?  I honestly have no idea.

I'm starting a new job next week after two months of being unemployed (two months that have been amazing), so I'm waiting to plan out the rest of my races once I see how my training will fit in with the rest of my life.  I'm thinking this fall I may try to reach my goal of sub-1:50 in the half, but we'll see.  For right now, I'm not really thinking too much about full marathons. I'm sure I may fit one in sometime this fall, but it'll likely be for fun.

I guess we'll see!

Next trip?  I have a few ideas for some weekend trips that may or may not happen, but I just bought a plane ticket to Toronto to go to a friend's wedding in June.  It'll be here before I know it!


Tasha said...

Congrats on New Orleans! I did the full last year and that course was amazing! You're my hero for not being in shape and running a 2:30 half! I have to say that sounds like you are definitely in shape! Way to go!

Christine said...

What a fun trip!!! Good luck with your new job :)

Erin said...

SO happy I got to see you for the day, even if you weren't really feeling the race.

Miss you, lady! Hopefully, we'll get to hang out again sometime soon!